Younger students (13-14 years old) have a unique opportunity to attend an immersive course in a top world university at a relatively early stage in their university preparation. They complete a similar exciting programme to the older students (15-18 years old) at a level appropriate for their age. Their curriculum comprises workshops, lectures, projects, activities and visits, as well as an education seminar, mentoring and supervisions (Oxbridge-style, subject-specific, small class discussions) with current Cambridge Undergraduates. As the younger participants are typically studying GCSEs (or equivalent) in school, they focus on A-level (or equivalent) subject choices as part of their longer-term university preparation, rather than personal statement writing, interview practice and personal development planning. See a sample 2-week timetable and 3-week timetable for 13-14 year olds.

Students who are not already taught in English will complete a short English placement test when they arrive to ensure they are assigned to the right level of class with other students of a similar age and English ability. The level and pace of teaching will be adapted to suit the students’ needs and one-to-one support will be given to students who are experiencing difficulties.

At 13 or 14 years old, students can start building a strong foundation to prepare for university applications. By researching and planning their subject choices, developing effective study and communication skills, and seeking out relevant extra-curricular activities, they will significantly improve their capabilities and move more confidently towards their goals.

Laura Davies, Managing Director Cambridge Dream